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Why one customer defied the rules to get a haircut at Snohomish barbershop

Snohomish barbershop The Stag was rewarded with customers after the owner, Bob Martin, explained he would stay open during Gov. Jay Inslee's stay-at-home order. (Photo: listener submitted to KTTH)

Many are talking about Bob Martin, the barbershop owner of the Stag out in Snohomish who has decided to defy Washington’s stay-at-home order. He is staying open and giving haircuts, and KTTH’s Jason Rantz was recently joined on the line by a customer who decided to get one.

“I like what they were saying and what they were standing up for, so I got in line,” said Jeff from Snohomish, who was 19th in line at the time of calling, and said he practiced social distancing while waiting.

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Does he have concerns with the possibility of contributing to the spread of coronavirus? As Jason noted, Gov. Inslee recently said that people who are participating in things like this are heartless.

“Well, we’ve heard that from passersby. The gentlemen with me in line have been, let’s just say, lectured by a number of people that have passed us by … that we’re contributing to the killing of fellow citizens,” he said. “All that we had to say was just, ‘Thank you for your opinion.'”

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What compelled him to this kind of activism?

“I don’t even see it as activism, I just see it as being cautious, understanding the mitigation of the social distancing and supporting a small local business that’s trying to stay afloat by providing an essential service,” he said.

“I think it’s time to stand up for our civil rights.”

Listen to the Jason Rantz Show weekday afternoons from 3 – 6 p.m. on KTTH 770 AM (or HD Radio 97.3 FM HD-Channel 3). Subscribe to the podcast here.

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